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May 25, 1964

The Doctor Has a Heart Attack

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JAMA. 1964;188(8):765. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03060340063034

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Patients untrained in medical concepts may not appreciate the logic behind the treatment of myocardial infarction. Such individuals, while convalescing from the acute phase of their illness, may attempt to continue activities which endanger their health and their chances for survival.

A patient with myocardial disease must learn to live with his condition, yet not resign himself to invalid status. This book, intended for coronary patients and their families, presents in straightforward and lucid fashion the medical principles underlying this doctrine. The author points out that with proper care and a constructive outlook most such patients recover to continue productive lives.

The best teacher is experience. Describing in detail his own recovery from a coronary thrombosis, Dr. Goodstone relates the medical care he received and considers the important factors, emotional and psychological, which guide the coronary patient back to health. With confidence and knowledge gained through many years in the

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